This is such a classic, smooth soul! I can remember it getting to number one, back when I was at school, back in the day, as they say. It’s a JOYFUL sound which I find it uplifting! And the words are simple and yet delightful. Hope you enjoy this – nostalgia isn’t what it used to be!!!
My thanks to ATW stalwart Ernest Young for sending me this link. It’s well worth a read and it’s a view that I increasingly hear from many other people of my age, or indeed a little older. The UK is changing but resembling a foreign land….are we now strangers in the place we live?
“We have lost our privacy, our legal equality, our gruff and firm but fair police force, our freedom of speech, our nationality, our manufacturing base, our social order, our marriages, 37% of our countryside, our family meals, most of our buses and all of our docks. (See earlier re ‘loft apartments’).
We have lost our faith in clerics, doctors, bank managers, schoolteachers, Universities, standards, objectivity, morals, ethics, legislators, fathers, Councillors, coppers, lawyers, judges, sportsmen, senior business figures and the care home system. And we have lost an army of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and social workers. (We never had any faith in social workers in the first place).
As the Buddhists say, “All things are in transition”. They are indeed: so we are losing our public health services, our welfare services, our charities, our family businesses, our scientists, our entrepreneurs, our right to scrutinise the powerful, the control of our national destiny, and our innate sense of discernment.
Perhaps above all, we are losing any natural sense of dignity and restraint…towards ourselves, the rights and needs of others, or those who got a luckier Genes Bag than we did.”
How do YOU feel about the State we are in? I rather agree with the sentiment in this post by my old pal John Ward.
It’s been many years since The Smiths ceased to me but their former singer, Morrissey, continues to court controversy. Here’s the story..
Morrissey, so well known for his aptitude in sparking rows, has – unsurprisingly – raised a few eyebrows after appearing on the bill at the Nobel Peace Prize concert next month. The controversial, potty-mouthed singer will now take a starring role in the ceremony dedicated to furthering world peace.
Now, leaving aside the “world peace” aspect of it (too amusing for words) here is the meat of the subject, so to speak.
Norwegians have not forgotten his shocking words after the extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in Oslo and on Utoya Island in July 2011. Just a few days after the appalling atrocity, the singer entertained fans in Warsaw with a rendition of his anthem to vegetarianism, “Meat is Murder”. He then declared that the “murderous” events in Norway were “nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried sh*t every day”.
Despite a huge outcry at the time, he refused to apologise, instead posting a message on a fan website defending his comments and saying that if a person was horrified by the massacre in Norway, they should also “feel horror at the murder of any innocent being.” Now, Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper has run a comment piece arguing that relatives of Utoya victims and many other Norwegians would find the decision to invite Morrissey to the Oslo ceremony “incomprehensible”
To equate the mass murder of human beings to the death of poultry for food is wrong. It’s the sort of moral muddleheadedness which prevails in certain quarters but there is huge chasm of difference. McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried chicken use poultry as FOOD – it provides a benefit to those who enjoy chicken. Breivik took all those innocent human lives in such a brutal manner just to make his own bizarre point. To equate these two events if wrong.
I was interested to read this item;
“More than half of those with dementia are not receiving medicine or support from the NHS, the Health Secretary reveals today.”
Get that? More than HALF!
Jeremy Hunt says hundreds of thousands of sufferers are condemned to a life of fear and anxiety because they are receiving no help. Stigma is a ‘huge part of the problem’, with patients terrified to seek a diagnosis and too many GPs thinking there is no point in doing so.
I agree with this and having gone through the diagnosis stage with my mother can testify to the validity of both points.
The fight against diseases such as Alzheimer’s is as ‘significant as that against cancer, heart disease and HIV’, Mr Hunt will say, as it is revealed the national diagnosis rate for dementia is only 48 per cent.
In addition, an unforgivable postcode lottery means people living in neighbouring cities have hugely varying chances of being diagnosed, with 75 per cent of cases in the best area being diagnosed – compared with 33 per cent in the worst.
It means hundreds of thousands of people are living without medication to stave off their condition and their families are not receiving help from the State.
The UK spends about one TENTH on research into Dementia as it does on research into cancer yet the former is surely more of a long term threat as the numbers swell due to our ageing population. I personally would like to see the budget for research into finding a cure for Dementia vastly inflated and put our best scientific minds to work in order to achieve this result.
The fantasies of the Scottish National Party and those other separatists who want to break away from the UK are laid bare when a little political reality illuminates on their wild idylls;
“Alex Salmond today desperately insisted that an independent Scotland would be able to stay in the European Union, after the idea was rejected out of hand by the Prime Minister of Spain. The Scottish National Party’s blueprint for independence depends on Scotland negotiating its way into the EU.
But the plan collapse within 24 hours when Spain’s Mariano Rajoy insisted it could not become an EU member automatically and he would veto it.
Mr Salmond has insisted that Scotland would be able to join the EU if it votes Yes to independence next year but Mr Rajoy’s intervention exploded that claim.
Spain is opposed to Scottish secession since the government in Madrid is also resisting attempts by Catalonia and the Basque region to break away.
The Spanish premier told a press conference: ‘If part of a member state becomes independent, it would be left out of the European Union and it would be good for citizens (in the EU) and Scots to know that,” he is reported to have said. Mr Rajoy added this meant ‘EU entry would need to be approved by all 28 member states’.
So Spain says NO to Scotland in the EU.
But Salmond wants to leave the UK. So the greater likelihood is that were people so foolish as to listen to him and vote YES to leaving the UK, Scotland would be a country without a currency and without a mission. Does that sound like a plan for national success? The truth is that the SNP crave the creation of a socialist nirvana north of the English border, driven by hatred of things English. Such narrow mindedness will not win the referendum and I am certain Scotland will remain with the Union. Time will tell if I am right.
Here’s liberal utopianism that will bring nothing but confusion to UK business;
Parental leave rules are to be torn up to smash the ‘old-fashioned assumption’ that women rather than men should stay at home to look after young children. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will today unveil plans to allow new mothers and fathers to share leave – meaning men will be able to take almost a year off work. Mr Clegg, who took an extended period of paternity leave when his first son was born, said the current system, which means a father can only take a fortnight off after the birth of a child, was ‘Edwardian’. His wife Miriam returned to work first, but admitted she relied on an army of helpers ‘making my life possible’.
I’m with Alexander Ehmann, of the Institute of Directors, who has said the proposals heaped ‘yet more burdens on struggling employers at a time when government should be freeing them to create jobs and wealth’.
‘The proposed system is considerably more complex and unwieldy … and employers will, once again, have to absorb the cost of adapting and implementing this new system,’ he added.
The TUC’s Frances O’Grady warned that unless leave is backed up with better pay ‘couples simply won’t be able to afford to take it’.
So, employers must PAY more so employees can take more time off. Now then, what can go wrong with that sort of thinking? Politicians LOVE bestowing “rights” on those who work and don’t appear to realise that these “rights” COST business money and that this in itself can blunt efficiency, competitiveness and in the final analysis it can cost jobs. Still, nice Mr Clegg can feel all warm and fuzzy inside as he dispenses cost to UK business in order to buy himself votes in 2015.
Here in Northern Ireland, it is hard to escape FLAGS! Why? Well, they are a de facto assertion of national identity and this causes no end of chaos.
A number of Belfast City Council workers have told the BBC they feel the council is putting them “at risk” by not removing Irish tricolour flags from one of their cleansing depots. It is not clear who put up the flags at the Springfield Avenue depot. Staff have said since the flags have gone up they have been intimidated and one has received a death threat. Union flags have now also started appearing at other council depots across Belfast. The council have not yet removed any of the flags and staff said this was putting them at risk.
I don’t see why ANY flags have to be flown at rubbish dumps. This is banal and stupid and yet it continues.
I have no time for pointless exercises in flag waving although I DO support the National flag flying over City Hall, Belfast. But this petty tribalism at Rubbish Dumps is daft, take ALL flags down at such locations.
As we predicted when it Gideon Osborne dreamed up this wheeze, the Funding for Lending Scheme has overheated the housing market.
“Mark Carney, the central bank’s Governor, said the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) – which allows lenders to borrow at rock-bottom rates in exchange for providing loans – would not apply to household lending from February next year.”
This is just one relatively modest ‘market intervention’ by government in just one sector and prices have bubbled up in no time. The Austrians teach that it’s rock bottom interests rates which sow the seeds of recessions. Buyers, investors, borrowers and entrepreneurs are suckered into borrowing such cheap money for their plans, plans which wouldn’t be put into place if the price of money was set in a market. When interest rates rise, as they inevitably must, it’s already too late. Homeowners cannot pay, businesses cannot pay, borrowers cannot pay. This is the recession – cue cries that free markets have failed and that government (the culprit all along) must do something.
So here we are, with buyers already suckered in, but the banksters and politicians who lured them in will be long gone when pain again comes.
But the waste of precious capital, which could have gone to more productive ends, isn’t the only distortion. The announcement has hit share prices of housebuilders. The Telegraph reports that Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt, the three biggest housebuilding groups, lost between 2.2pc and 6pc of their value, wiping £470m off their combined market value.
We can be certain that the special interests, the politically connected and others with access to valuable information took care of business before the public announcement. This is how government causes the housing market and share prices to bounce about, all with one modest policy. Its chaos and anarchism in the wider economy is vastly more terrible and costly to society.
Iran Announces Development of Ballistic Missile Technology
The IRGC leader said that Iran is quickly developing advanced military know-how.
“While we did not have any knowledge about drones, we have developed and acquired drones that travel 2,000 kilometers, conduct their operations, and then land in our desirable regions,” he was quoted as saying.
Iran’s claim to ballistic missiles would be a major development for a country known to use its military machinery as a means of intimidating its regional neighbors.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Iran’s ballistic missile announcement is no surprise.
“Iran’s ballistic missile program has always been to provide the delivery vehicles nor nuclear warheads,” Bolton said. “The timing of the IRGC announcement is no coincidence.”
As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials celebrate the recently announced nuclear accord, Tehran’s military leaders have adopted a harsh line on the West.
Another IRGC leader said on Tuesday that Americans only understand “the language of force.”
“The U.S. has double-standards towards social issues of nations and the language that Americans understands is the language of force,” General Ramezan Sharif, Head of the IRGC’s Public Relations Department, said on Tuesday.
U.S. power is growing weaker every year, he said.
“The pillars of the U.S. strength have become seriously shaky in the world, especially in the Middle-East,” according to Sharif.
Other Iranian military officials claim that Tehran no longer needs to import key weapons as they once did.
“Today, we are honored that we have been able to grow needless in the defense equipment sector with the help of our young scientists and thinkers and now we provide all the needs of the Armed Forces with the best quality,” Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Aboutaleb Shafaqat said on Tuesday.
In addition to installing a new air defense system reportedly capable of destroying high-altitude targets, the Iranians claim to have built a highly advanced unmanned drone that is capable of flying for 30 hours straight.
Former Pentagon adviser Michael Rubin said that the United States is not paying great enough attention to Tehran’s military advancements.
“Perhaps, [Secretary of State] John Kerry believes that Iran only wants ballistic missiles for peaceful purposes,” said Rubin, author of Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes.
“The fact of the matter is that Kerry and crew left both ballistic missiles and the nuclear warhead trigger experimentation at Parchin [military site] off-the-table” during talks in Geneva, Rubin said. “It’s the diplomatic equivalent of installing a burglar alarm system in your house but leaving the keys in the door.”
State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked on Tuesday about a Monday Free Beacon report that Iran does not need to freeze its nuclear program until final details pertaining to the recently announced nuclear pact are hashed out.
The six-month nuclear enrichment freeze negotiated under the deal will not actually begin until Iran and Western powers finalize the deal at a later date.
“It has not” yet begun, Psaki told reporters. “The next step here is a continuation of technical discussions at a working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement, so that would involve the P-5 plus one—a commission of the P-5 plus one experts working with the Iranians and the” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Psaki said she did not know when the actual deal will be finalized and go into effect.
“Obviously, once that’s—those technical discussions are worked through, I guess the clock would start,” she said.
Psaki added that the U.S must put its faith in Iran upholding the spirit of the deal in the interim.
“In terms of what the Iranians are or aren’t doing, you know, obviously, our hope would be, given we are respecting the spirit of the agreement in pressing for sanctions not to be put in place and beginning the process of figuring out how to deliver on our end of the bargain, that the same would be coming from their end in the spirit of the—of the agreement,” she said.
These are the Iranians in their own words. These are the People that the Obama Administration trust and believe more than our British Allies, our Israeli Allies, even our own Nations Republican Party. I put forth to you one more thing to think on. Hitler did not have nuclear weapons, he did have the V-2 Rocket which was a ballistic missile, but there was nothing to fear from them either, just ask anyone who survived the Blitz.